SDF sign a plan of action with UN banning child recruitment

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have signed a plan of action with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment of children under the age of 18 to apply international legal laws on the rights and protection of children affected by armed conflict.

After several months of direct talks between United Nations officials and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) representatives, in consultation with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict issues to implement the International laws on the rights and protection of children who are affected by armed conflict in Syria in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolution 1612 (2005) plus the Convention of Children Rights that was singed in 1989,and Geneva Convention in 1949 and it’s additional Protocol, and based by Paris Principals about the Children who are associated with armed groups in 2007, the SDF and the North East Syria Self Administration ( NES SA) have signed Joint Action Plan with the UN on 29 June, in Geneva, at Palais des Nations.

The Joint Action Plan was signed by the SRGS Mrs. Virginia Gamba, SDF General Commander Mr. Mazlum Abdi , Mrs. Neirouz Ahmed who is a senior member within SDF and Women Protection Unites (YPJ) and the Co-Chair of NES SA Mr. Adb Hamd Al-Mhbash after a last long discussion on the needs of Children Protection and providing assistance for them in the region of Self Administration for north and east Syria (NES).

SDF Commanders, Mr. Abdi and Mrs. Ahmed, and NES SA’s Co-Chair Al-Mhbash welcomed UN support for the implementation of the Joint Action Plan and address the root causes of the problems that children are facing in NES at the daily basis ,During the discussion at the Palais des Nations ,Mr. Al-Mhbash, has explained in-depth the current needs of children and all services and efforts that have been conducting for the last seven years by his administration in order to provide the children with the best future in term of security, education and health, despite the ongoing armed conflict and their limited capacity; as well as, they assured the SRGS of UN with their total support for the proper implementation of the Joint Action Plan and asked the SRGS to encourage the international community to support the NES SA in its efforts and to assist with much larger support to thousands of children who are leaving in hard conditions in refugee camps, hoping to find an inclusive political solution for the Syrian crisis and play a stronger role to end the ongoing destructive war and participate at the peace building process.

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